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saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that some managers at SAA Technical (SAAT) have drafted a petition questioning the competence of the executives running the subsidiary of state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA).

The "internal memo" was doing the rounds on social media last week. The document states that affairs at SAAT have driven "SAAT M3/S3 management" to write the memo to the interim SAAT CEO in an attempt to address several issues that have led to distrust in the current SAAT exco's ability to run SAAT strategically and ensure that it remained a going concern. The accusations include an alleged failure to answer questions raised by managers in an internal WhatsApp group, in what the managers believe is an attempt to frustrate them so much that they decide to resign, thereby reducing the head count at SAAT. They also want all outstanding salaries paid up within seven working days. The memo further claims that a business plan for SAAT that was submitted to government has not been seen by "wider management" or non-management staff. The managers want, among other things, for exco to collect monies owing on all invoiced work, and for consequence management to be enforced where there is wasteful expenditure or where invoicing has been improperly handled. They additionally take issue with a "bloated top management structure" as well as what they claim is the appointment of foreign staff without following "proper recruitment processes". The interim CEO has apparently asked for more time to respond to the grievances raised in the petition.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carin Smith at Fin24

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